Kenya’s Oliech retires from National soccer team assignments
This follows a row with the national team’s sponsors, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), over the “unauthorised use of his image” on the company’s billboards. The France based striker with AJ Auxierre said in his facebook page that he had decided to concentrate with his club’s dwindling fortunes.. However, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya has pleaded with the player to rescind his decision adding that the ountry still needed his services. Nyamweya has written to the world Governing soccer body(Fifa) seeking advice and the way forward on the matter. Oliech terse statement said in part “It is a sad day for Kenyan football. It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the national team with immediate effect. “Though I feel I have not achieved the desired goals at this level, it has been an honour donning the national colours and representing my beloved country. I will miss it immensely. “I would like to thank my team mates and staff members for the support they have provided me over the past years. I cannot forget as well, the unwavering support the fans have given me and Harambee Stars. “I thank them for their contribution as I join them in backing Stars in their future endeavours. I feel I must put all my efforts to save my club (Auxerre) from relegation.” On March 23, Oliech wrote to Football Kenya Federation (FKF), complaining that EABL had used his image on billboards “without his consent”. He threatened not to honour any of Stars’ future matches until the issue is resolved.
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